Project Spartan, Facebook for iPad HTML 5 Version

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Blakjack, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009

    Facebook is getting its mobile game on. The social network is reportedly nearing the release of a bevy of impressive apps that will transform the social network into a mobile-savvy company. On deck is reportedly a geolocation photo swapping app and a new HTML5-based mobile platform called Project Spartan.

    TechCrunch reported on Wednesday that Facebook has a secret photo-sharing iPhone app, similar to the apps Instagram and Color, in the works. No one outside of Facebook knows exactly how the app will work, but TechCrunch says it has received a bunch of images and documents pertaining to the app. According to TechCrunch, the app looks like a hybrid of Instagram, Color, Path, and Path's new side project, 'With.'

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    But there's even more news from our favorite social network: apparently Facebook has another secret project, dubbed 'Project Spartan.'

    According to TechCrunch, Project Spartan is the codename for a new Facebook platform that's based in HTML5. The aim for such a project is, of course, to reach the 100 million users who routinely utilize a browser that supports only HTML5: Safari on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

    Instead of launching a new version of the Facebook app for iOS (note that there's still no official Facebook app for the iPad), Facebook will instead launch a mobile browser-based cloud platform that will run via Apple's Safari browser. And well, it's not just going to be an app--it's actually going to be a platform with apps. So in other words, it's going to be another OS...on iOS.

    According to people "familiar with the project" the reason Facebook is doing this is pretty obvious: Facebook wants to sidestep Apple's App Store and "break the stranglehold they have on mobile app distribution."

    But, of course, Facebook also wants to target iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users.

    TechCrunch reports that there are currently 80 outside developers working with Facebook on the platform, including Zynga and Huffington Post. The platform will supposedly launch in the next couple of weeks (though Facebook had no comment on the matter, naturally).
  2. Dimmick macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2011
    I think the question should be, what are they going to do in a browser that they can't do in an app? It's free, so it's not like they are taking a loss in revenue. The cost is $100 a year? I think Facebook can swing it. The only thing I can think of is a desire to display ads. That's the only limitation that Apple has that I would see Facebook caring about.
  3. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Bring it on. Anything Other then that piece of junk Facebook app is a welcome change. The current Facebook app is so buggy its ridiculous it needs a complete rewrite. Although how are they going to do notifications in a web app? Not that the current app even sends notifications other then on the 3rd Thursday of every month :rolleyes:
  4. Firen macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2009
    Vienna, Austria
    Notifications from the Facebook app used to work alright for me, but recently they mostly arrive hours after the actual comment/message and especially love arriving in the middle of the night when I have the volume up on the highest level so that the alarm wakes me up (Yes, I know, I can turn off the notification sounds ^^).

    So annoying that there still isn't an iPad app for it and yes, the iPhone version needs a big big update as well. Never been much of a fan of the browser version either though.
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I think they mean Project Not-Going-To-Work-Any-Better-Than-The-Native-App.

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